The sexy Italian Lucia Bustamante (Livia Ginise) after being worn out by Chrissy's incessant rambling on Three's Company.
|Body type:||Petite, yet still Curvaceous|
|Spouse(s):||Bernie Bustamente, a local loan shark|
|Appeared on:||Three's Company in guest appearance|
|Episodes appeared in:||"The Loan Shark" |
|Character played by:||Livia Ginise|
Lucia Bustamente was the sexy native Italian wife of local mobster/loan shark Bernie Bustamente (played by Harold J. Stone) who began making passes at Jack after Bernie strongarms Jack into giving a cooking lesson for her at the apartment. Lucia, who doesn't know how to speak English, winds up making advances towards Jack, who found it hard to concentrate on cooking Bernie's favorite Italian dish, Linguine! Jack was enlisted by the mobster to cook for her in order to pay off a $75 interest debt on a $300 loan Chrissy errantly takes out from him (which Jack returns in full without the interest) in the Three's Company episode titled "The Loan Shark" in Season four.
The sexy Lucia, upon meeting Chrissy for the first time, who was supposed to be receiving a cooking lesson from Jack, instead begins making advances almost immediately towards him upon their meeting, as interpreted by Janet, who was able to decipher what Lucia said when she and Jack went into the kitchen, exclaiming gleefully, "Hot Damn!". The amourous attention from Lucia so gets to the befuddled and frustrated Jack, that he has to go to Furley's apartment to finish his sample dish so he could continue the cooking lesson!
While in the kitchen, Lucia gets so bored by Chrissy's rambling on in the kitchen about her childhood and her Aunt, that when Chrissy leaves the kitchen, a bored, worn-out Lucia wearily exclaims sighingly "Mama Mia!" in relief. When Mr. Furley learns of Lucia, he, thinking that she has a thing for cooks and believing the stereotype about those "firey Italians", that "No!" really meant "Ci Ci in Lucia's heart", he then tries to make advances on her himself, completely decked goofily in chef's hat and apron, only to have the now angered Lucia, who really had designs on Jack, throw food at him, making him run out of the kitchen screaming "She's crazy!" The sexy Lucia is played by actress Livia Ginise.